Center for Constitutional Rights Proudly Welcomes Three New Board Members


New members bolster our engagement at the intersections of technology, structural racism, and law enforcement

January 28, 2020, New York, NY – The Center for Constitutional Rights is happy to announce the addition of three members to its board of trustees:  Amna Akbar, Jumana Musa, and Vincent M. Southerland.

 “Three new board members join our growing family at an auspicious moment in the arc of our organization’s history and at a crucial social and political juncture for this country,” said Katherine M. Franke, board chair. “I am certain that the addition of these exceptional people will strengthen our capacity to act with agility and compassion in support of our partners on the front lines.”

Center for Constitutional Rights Executive Director Vincent Warren said, “We are so fortunate and thrilled to be in community with these three renowned advocates. Few are more aligned with our core values and our mission of radical, movement lawyering. Their deep commitment to social movements, innovative ideas, and tireless pursuit of justice will be a guiding light in our future work.”

  • Amna Akbar   Amna Akbar is an Assistant Professor of Law at Ohio State University. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersections of national security and criminal law with a particular emphasis on the political and racial violence of policing. In her scholarship and organizing she has supported the Movement for Black Lives’ abolitionist approach to ending mass incarceration.

  • Jumana Musa   Jumana Musa is a human rights attorney, racial justice activist, and Director of the Fourth Amendment Center at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers where she oversees NACDL's initiative to build a new, more durable Fourth Amendment legal doctrine for the digital age. Her clinical practice is focused on law and organizing for marginalized communities. 

  • Vincent M. Southerland   Vincent M. Southerland is the Executive Director of the Center on Race, Inequality and the Law at NYU. In his work, he has engaged in litigation and advocacy at the intersection of race and criminal justice, including the successful representation of people sentenced to death across the South and children sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. 

You can learn more about the Center for Constitutional Rights’ full board here.

The Center for Constitutional Rights works with communities under threat to fight for justice and liberation through litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications. Since 1966, the Center for Constitutional Rights has taken on oppressive systems of power, including structural racism, gender oppression, economic inequity, and governmental overreach. Learn more at


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January 28, 2020